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Kevin McArdle

Kevin McArdle has been the State House Correspondent since 2002. He's covered the resignation of former Governor Jim McGreevey, the Governor Dick Codey Administration, the Jon Corzine/Doug Forrester 2005 gubernatorial campaign, the State government shutdown of 2006, the near fatal car crash of former Governor Jon Corzine, the 2009 Jon Corzine/Chris Christie gubernatorial campaign and the Christie Administration to date including acting as pool reporter for Governor Christie has he toured the state (via helicopter and motorcade) in the aftermath of Hurricane Irene. McArdle has won multiple Associated Press awards for spot reporting and received the Edward R. Murrow Award in 2008 for coverage of then-Governor Jon Corzine's 800% toll increase proposal.

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Chris Christie critics blast his presidential platform

Speaking this week in New Hampshire, Gov. Chris Christie said if he ran for president and won, in his first 100 days in office he would simplify the country's tax system and pass policies to expand America's energy independence. Two of the governor's critics were quick to respond.

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Chris Christie not the first NJ governor to flirt with presidency

Gov. Chris Christie is the first New Jersey governor since Woodrow Wilson to be seriously considered as a potential presidential candidate, but Garden State chief executives almost always get a little presidential buzz at some point, according to two political experts.

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ST. JOHNSBURY, VT - FEBRUARY 06: Drugs are prepared to shoot intravenously by a user addicted to heroin on February 6, 2014 in St. Johnsbury Vermont. (Spencer Platt, Getty Images)
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Heroin Addiction Information Would be Expanded Under Proposed Legislation

Health experts have said drug addiction, particularly heroin addiction, is an epidemic in New Jersey's cities, suburbs and rural areas. To help address the crisis, Assemblywoman Mary Pat Angelini (R-Ocean) has introduced a bill that would require the state's substance abuse treatment facilities to post information about their services on county and state websites.

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Chris Christie in Iowa
DES MOINES, IA - JANUARY 24: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie speaks to guests at the Iowa Freedom Summit on January 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Scott Olson, Getty Images)
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Chris Christie Returns to Iowa as Presidential Talk Continues

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is scheduled to return to Iowa again today.

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Gas tax hike debate rages on in NJ

Top legislators, policymakers and local officials descended on Trenton Wednesday for the State League of Municipalities 25th Annual Mayors' Legislative Day. There was universal agreement that the nearly-bankrupt Transportation Trust Fund (TTF) must be replenished, but the debate over where the state will find the money to do that raged on.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie waves to reporters in London
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie waves to reporters in London (Peter Macdiarmid, Getty Images)
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Vaccine flap: Christie does damage control from London

Gov. Chris Christie took to Twitter Monday to announce a delayed opening for state government offices due to inclement weather, but later in the day, he set off a firestorm on social media when he said parents should have some measure of choice in vaccinating their children.

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Some Christie baggage will travel well in 2016 GOP primaries

Two issues considered dead weight in a Chris Christie presidential run in 2016 can actually be carried through Republican primaries with little problem, according to one New Jersey political expert: Bridgegate and the governor's famous embrace of President Barack Obama after Superstorm Sandy.

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